Embarking on this detox, which kind of happened to me without me initially planning for it, has been more insightful and challenging than I could have anticipated.
It was intended for a bodily cleanse and change yet turned out to bring out the toxins in my mind that have been holding me back.
After following the detox word-for-word for 6 weeks, the changes seemed too insignificant for me. The initial feeling of clarity had become the norm so that wasn’t a particular high anymore. The weight loss was there but it was minimal when compared to the amount of changes that I made and the strict rules that I followed. And yes I was more energetic but it didn’t feel enough. And at the end of those 6 weeks, I took a bite of carbs, which was followed by several more bites, and then the next 2 weeks felt like a roller coaster of caving into carbs and sugar and then pulling myself back in line.
As I came to an end on this 8-week journey, I found that I did not have physical accomplishments to show off but I did gain some personal insights and realizations that I’d like to share.
- Doing something for the sake of doing it, for the joy of it, for the love of it is so much better than doing it to gain a result. There is no guarantee that you’ll get the results but it is guaranteed that you’ll have enjoyed the ride regardless if you did it for the joy of it.
- My body speaks to me in ways that I have yet to understand and I need to learn to listen to it.
- A recipe for change may work wonders for someone else but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the right recipe for me.
- Failure means I am one step closer to victory.
- Being kind to myself is crucial - no matter what.
- Comparing myself to others does absolutely no good.
- The proof that you truly want something lies in your honest attempts to get it. Even after the countless times that you’ve failed.
- There is a very thin line between rooting for change and not accepting yourself. The trick is to come to accept the way you are and then grow from there.
- Learning to listen to your heart (or your inner voice or whatever you’d like to call it) is the best gift you can give yourself.
- Picking yourself back up is up to you. No one will do it for you.
- Breaking an addiction with food gives me strength to break other emotional addictions in life.
- I do not need coffee to wake up.
- As much as I love cheese, dairy shuts my body down and makes me feel super tired.
- Fruit provides me with all the sugar that my body needs. I actually do not need to eat any refined sugar.
- Moderation and balance are key to my life, not just in terms of food and diet but in every aspect.
- I have an unending love for carbs, which only needs to be tamed not forbidden.
- Trying different diets means getting introduced to different ingredients and ways of cooking, which make eating all the more fun. (Tahini, yogurt, and walnuts are my new favorite breakfast mix.)
- Packaged foods do not feel like food to me anymore and they are not coming back to my life.
- Being prepared is the key to staying on track.
- The best gift of clean eating is a clear mind.